Adaptogens to Help You Sleep

Many people suffer from insomnia and related sleep problems. Stress can disrupt the regular circadian (time-related) secretion of cortisol and can be a major cause of sleep problems. Cortisol normally obeys the body’s inner clock and responds to light and dark, morning and night. Cortisol levels are highest in the early morning and lowest at night. Cortisol helps to synchronize activity, patterns of eating, and patterns of sleeping.

Adaptogens regulate the production of cortisol, reducing stress. A relaxed, less stressful body allows for better and more rejuvenating sleep.

The following adaptogens aid the body in sleeping:

  • American ginseng helps people with insomnia that is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Ashwagandha is a calming adaptogen and traditionally is used for insomnia and nervous conditions.
  • Eleuthero improves sleep quality and prevents nighttime waking.
  • Jiaogulan is a calming adaptogen and is appropriate for anxious or agitated people with unstable hypertension, stress headaches and anxiety-induced insomnia.
  • Rhodiola is used to regulate sleep disorders and improve sleep quality.
  • Schisandra is reported to relieve insomnia and dream-disrupted sleep.

Adapted from Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, by David Winston and Steven Maimes (Healing Arts Press, 2007).

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JL A.2 years ago

had heard about rhodiola for energy, but not sleep

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

Unavailable. :-(

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

Fantastic tips,thanks.

Nils Lunde


Rita White
Rita White3 years ago

Good to know. Thank you!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thanks for sharing

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MARIA B.3 years ago

thanks for the info.

Magyar Girl
Past Member 3 years ago